This Grandma’s Old

Today I did some cleaning up in the spare bedroom, which doubles as my sewing room — and tonight I’m feeling it in my back and one hip. However, I can now see daylight at the end of the tunnel. That is, the spare bed that’s been a “catch-all” for quite awhile has now been unloaded and the closet floor dis-covered and ready to vacuum.

The weatherman is predicting a storm for this weekend, my husband tells me, so this evening I’ll sit awhile and schedule tomorrow’s blog posts, in case the internet goes down overnight. We have satellite internet service and when there’s heavy cloud cover, service is iffy.

Here’s an item I posted a five years back, after a day of babysitting my grandchildren, ages six and two. It’s even more true today than it was then. 🙂

No Tramp-ing for Grandma

The Apostle Paul wrote, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Cor. 13:11

When I was a child I played as a child, too, tumbling, twisting, and hopping around as children will. I remember being almost four and jumping down from the hayloft of Grandpa’s old red barn, led by my adventurous brother Jim, eleven months older than I. We’d run into the barn, climb the ladder in the chicken coop fast as our little legs could take us into the hayloft, and jump about twelve feet down to the ground. Then do it all again.

Now my grandchildren can’t understand why Grandma doesn’t want to jump on the trampoline with them.

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” 1Cor. 10:23

Jumping on the tramp is an okay thing to do if you’re able, but my body doesn’t flex that much anymore. All things are lawful for me, but I will be sore for days after if I try performing acrobatic feats. All things are lawful for me, but my muscles may sprain or tear.

One day, hurrying home from work, I tore the muscle in my leg just stepping off a curb; I couldn’t put weight on that leg for a month after. It’s no fun having to hobble around on crutches for a month!

Yes, it would be okay for Grandma to jump on the trampoline, but the rebound might go on for days as my arthritic joints protest being treated to preschool activities. As it is, my lower back feels a few twinges after from lifting and carrying a chunky little almost-two-year old.

When I was a child I ran after other children all over the playground. Now that I’m old I can see why Grandpas & Grandmas are happiest tending their gardens. Plants may be a lot of work, but at least you don’t have to catch them first.

I love my grandchildren and count it a blessing that I can spend time with them, but they do remind me that I’m not so agile anymore.

9 thoughts on “This Grandma’s Old

  1. Great post! I don’t have grandkids, but I can definitely sympathize with you about how performing activities we used to think nothing of will have will have us stove up for a week afterwards. With the approach of spring, it is almost time for me to get out and start sprucing up the yards and I’m not looking forward to it for that very reason!

    Also, it’s funny …. i just quoted 1 Cor. 13:11 in a post of mine a few days ago. Great minds think alike, I guess. 🙂 Or at least recognize profound wisdom when we see it. Have a great weekend!

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  2. This grandma — and grandpa — are also old. These days, everything looks a little bit like Everest. And a lot of it simply doesn’t get done. Because gardening is wonderful, but two bad backs and an awful lot of arthritis do not a garden make.

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    • I hear you. My back is still complaining about yesterday’s minor cleaning spree. What you can’t do, you can’t do.
      What seems unfair is that back when I was so limber — remember those hula hoops and jump ropes? —I didn’t have all this work waiting. Now I have oodles of work and no flexibility 😦

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  3. Ha..I see you are still on your organizational kick. Feels good, doesn’t it? I need to get organized re/ packing up my car today. I leave tomorrow to go home and have to fit one extra person into the car, somehow. Luckily I didn’t buy much this trip to the beach. (I still have never used the huge pasta machine I bought at last year’s silent auction in support of a local school so have learned my lesson, perhaps.) Take the day off and rest that back and hip!

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    • Yes, still working at it. The sewing room is in much better shape so I’m whittling down my tub of papers again. And it’s a better day as far as my hip is concerned. 🙂
      Take care. Wish I could send you some snow; a couple of storms are blanketing us this weekend. 🙂

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